HR survey: Watson Farley & Williams


HR head
Paul Robinson.

Trainee retention rate
77.5 per cent.

Assistant attrition rate
9 per cent.

Salary range
NQ – £50,000-£65,000 (3PQE).

Bonuses
N/A

Training
Wide range of internal and external courses on black letter law and soft skills.

Appraisals
Annual performance review involving two partners with whom an assistant has worked closely.

Partner progression
Twenty-five per cent of current partners are home-grown. Youngest partner 31 years old.

Billable hours target
1,700.

Flexible and part-time working
Offered.

Holiday entitlement
Twenty-two to twenty-five days.

Benefits
Life assurance, gym membership, employee assistant programme, permanent and personal health insurance, permanent medical insurance, travel season ticket loan. The firm matches pension contributions after three months plus a percentage, rising to up to 6 per cent of employee’s contribution.

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